March 10, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The top-ranked Seminoles (21-2) made sure of head coach
Mike Martin’s 1100th win with a 17-0 trouncing of Duke (5-15) in front of
1,879 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Martin became just the 16th NCAA
Division I coach to reach the 1100-win plateau. He is the second fastest to
reach that mark, behind only Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson. FSU, winners
of 15 straight games, also set a school record for doubles in a single game
“It is a credit to the young men who have played at this program as well as
my assistant coaches – Jamey Shouppe, Chip Baker and Mike Martin, Jr.,” said
head coach Mike Martin when asked to comment on his 1100th win. “These
young men play the game the way it is supposed to be played.”
The Seminoles scored three in the bottom of the second inning and never
looked back. Karl Jernigan singled and moved to third on a Brett Groves
double. Mike Futrell picked up what would prove to be the only run FSU
would need with a grounder to third. After a Scott Boyd walk, Blair McCaleb
knocked in two more runs with a double to left.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Tribe added four more runs to open up a 7-0
lead. Futrell and Boyd led off the inning with back-to-back doubles for the
first run of the fourth. After McCaleb singled, John-Ford Griffin tripled
to center to plate two more runs. Griffin then scored on an unearned run on
an error by Duke third baseman Kevin Kelly.
Boyd, Smith and Griffin each had RBI base hits in FSU’s three-run fifth.
After Boyd hit his second double of the night, Smith followed with a double
down the left field line to make it 11-0 FSU in the seventh. Pichi Balet
upped the lead to 15-0 when he belted his first career grand slam over the
left field wall.
The Seminoles put the last two runs on the board in the eighth when Smith
had an RBI-double to left and Bobby Spano had an RBI-single to center.
Junior RHP Jon McDonald improved to 6-0 on the season as he worked seven
scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. He struck out six Blue Devils
and walked two. The FSU defense made several outstanding defensive plays
behind McDonald, including three double plays.
“I felt good tonight,” said McDonald. “I was able to throw my change-up
over for a strike and my curveball for a strike most of the time. I stayed
ahead in the count and the guys behind me were making the plays in the field
and also giving me plenty of run support.”
Eric Roman and Jernigan each pitched for an inning in relief without
allowing a hit.
RHP Jeff Alleva took the loss for Duke, giving up 10 runs (nine earned) in a
4.2-inning start. Alleva allowed 12 hits, walked two, hit two and struck
Leading the way in FSU’s 20-hit barrage were Griffin (4-for-6), Smith
(4-for-6), Boyd (3-for-3), McCaleb (3-for-3), Jernigan (2-for-5) and Brett
Groves (2-for-4). Marshall McDougall and Ryan Barthelemy did not record a
hit in the 17-0 victory.
“Florida State will not be successful with just one or two guys,” said
Martin. “Those two (McDougall and Barthelemy) are important, but you can’t
depend on them in every single game. It takes the entire lineup
contributing and that is what we are getting right now.”
FSU will throw junior RHP Mike Ziegler (4-0, 3.34 ERA) in Saturday’s 6:00
p.m. game against the Blue Devils. Duke has not yet decided on a starter.
The third game of the series will start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday and will be
televised by Sunshine Network.
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